SORRENTO

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Sorrento
One of the places we were most excited about visiting on this trip was Sorrento - and of course seeing the Amalfi Coast. In my last job (as a picture editor on a magazine) I had researched images many a time for this area of Italy and it always looked so unbelievably beautiful. The drive from our campsite near Florence to the one we found in Sorrento took a whopping 6 hours (in a car with no air conditioning might I add!) and cost us an almighty €29 in tolls (either that or an 11 hour drive on non toll roads…). I don’t think we were quite prepared for the drive in to Sorrento though, I mean we are used to driving in London which is no mean feat but this was another level! The mopeds, the cars, the beeping! Everywhere! 
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We booked into a campsite called Camping Nube d'Argento just a 5 minute walk from central Sorrento and I think it was a bit of a shock to the system if I’m honest. Up until this point we have been used to fairly quiet campsites on the outskirts of small towns or a little bit of a drive away from cities, but this one is right in middle of it all. The main road runs directly above the campsite but we were ready for a bit of energy and to be able to walk most places rather then rely on the car as much. 
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I’d definitely recommend the campsite if you’re in the area, we paid about €24 a night (I wonder what the people in the hotel next to our campsite were paying?!) including electricity and the facilities are fine - they supply loo roll which weirdly is a thing at Italian campsites (so is trying to find ones that don’t charge 50 cents to use the shower), and they serve wood fired pizzas from the onsite restaurant and have a large pool. The owners/people on the reception were probably the rudest people we have ever ever come across though (I won’t go into it) and I was so angry and totally ready to write a bad Trip Advisor review (that’ll show ‘em!) until I saw the view from our tent. It was just perfect. Mount Vesuvius standing right there and the sea in front of us. Instantly in holiday mode. 
Sorrento
Sorrento
After putting the tent up we headed in to Sorrento for a mooch around to get our bearings and wowzers, what a shock we had. I did not realise just how British Sorrento is! I don’t think anybody has mentioned this to me before?? There seems to be a lot of English, Irish and Scottish bars and pretty much everywhere we went we could hear English accents following us around. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, I just didn’t realise this is what it was like!
Sorrento
Whilst we were there we celebrated Stevens birthday, with pizza - obviously! Through a recommendation we went to Francos (can’t be a coincidence that our favourite pizza place in London is called Franco Mancas?!) and it was so good. 
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The kind of place with long benches to sit at, plastic cutlery and the most amazing tomato base. No frills, just the way we like it! Along side the pizza we shared a lump of grilled smoked cheese with olives and chilli - amazing. 
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Sorrento
We had a couple of beers and headed off for some gelato! 
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Whilst we are travelling around on this trip we realistically can’t do every tourist attraction or see everything we want to as money just won’t allow it, which can get kinda hard in Italy as they really do charge for everything. We thought a lovely boat ride out to Capri would be ideal as a friend of mine had just recently been and it looked stunning…but then we found out the ferry cost €16.20 one way (25 mins) each, so that would be nearly €70 just to travel there and back, ridiculous! 
So instead we took the SITA bus out to Positano on the Amalfi Coast and had a lovely couple of hours wandering around -the bus trip however, is not so lovely…they certainly make use of every last bit of space available but for a €10 round trip for the both of us we weren’t complaining! (much) 
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We also visited Pompeii which was so interesting and really enjoyable, especially when we were picking up bits of information from passing tour guides. 
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My recommendation is to go early though as by the time we were leaving just after 1pm, the queue was huge (also, if you go on the first Sunday of the month its free!)
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My favourite day was when we went on a beautiful walk up in to the Sorrento hills passing through lemon groves and little villages, although the heat got the better of me a few times the views up there were worth it. 
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So after spending 5 nights in Sorrento we decided it was time to move on. The hustle and bustle, the constant smell of petrol in the air, the humidity took its toll a bit and we left in search of calmer surroundings…which we seem to have found! 

3 comments:

  1. Amazing photos! Super jealous about all this pizza eating, clean those Italians out! :)

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